This paper presents a new financial and institutional approach to road conservation and maintenance. It is based on the authors' experience of Latin American conditions. There are two main causes of the present unsatisfactory situation in Latin America: (1) chronic lack of financing; 2) the ineffectiveness and inefficiency of the agencies responsible for roads. The authors question whether roads should be provided as a direct service by the state, and whether the public administration environment is appropriate for provision of road goods and services. They propose charging road users an amount equal to the conservation needs for using road infrastructure, by including a direct tax on the price of fuel. The amount of fuel used by a vehicle is an acceptable measure of the amount of 'road service' that it uses. The money thus collected would be placed in a Road Conservation Fund, whose main purpose would be to finance conservation and maintenance of both urban and non-urban road networks, and indeed guarantee its funding. The management and administration of the road networks should be performed by road conservation management companies. The government department in charge of roads would have overall control of the system, but enable road users to look after their own interests.

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    Permanent International Assoc of Road Congresses

    27 rue Guenegaud
    Paris,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Bull, A
  • Publication Date: 1993


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  • Accession Number: 00662466
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM